October is fast approaching!

Zoo Boo Final 2 for webOctober is a very special month at your Zoo. There is so much to do and see! Halloween decorations have already begun to appear in anticipation of ZooBoo, our Merry-Not-Scary trick-or-treat event. With the cooler evenings, the trees at the Zoo are beginning to undergo their seasonal color changes. The flowers in our gardens may be fading, but those seed pods you see are the hope for next year’s blooms. These bright autumn days won’t last forever, so make a trip to the Zoo to see all there is to see. Look up to see the foliage, and down to see the squirrels gathering acorns. Look around to see some of the changes in our animals’ exhibits and enjoy the Zoo in its autumn splendor.

Come see the lion cubs! Tiberius, Savannah and Amali will have a new exhibit schedule beginning Tuesday, October 1st. The cubs will now have access to their exhibit area in A Step Into Africa from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Genesee Trail Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5th. What better way to celebrate local heritage than a trip to the Zoo? The Zoo’s docents will share the storied history of the Genesee River, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Seneca Park. Our friends from Ganondagan will be there with their impressive display of Seneca Nation artifacts, too. Discover some local species, both past and present, through hands-on activities, touch-table stations and displays. Explore the importance of the conservation of local waterways and the role they play in the survival of vital species. Learn about the return of eagles to Irondequoit Bay, and more.  This event is free with Zoo admission.

Zoo members can still purchase ZooBoo tickets in advance and at a discount through Sunday, October 6th for $6 per ticket. Trick-or-Treat tickets for non-members and members at the Front Gate during the event will be $8 per ticket. Please note: Non-members must also pay admission.  ZooBoo takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. The event is held rain or shine.

The 2014 Seneca Park Zoo Calendar will go on sale Thursday, October 10th in the ZooShop. The price is only $12.95 each and these gorgeous calendars make the perfect gift. Remember, 100% of the proceeds benefit your Zoo! Stay tuned for a list of local retailers who will also be carrying the calendar this year.

Photo by Joe Arena

Photo by Joe Arena

Penguin Awareness Day is Monday, October 14th. Don’t spend the day off from school at home listening to, “I’m bored!” Bring the kids to the Zoo to learn about penguins. There will be a penguin feeding, family-friendly activities, docent touch-table stations and a raffle to win a behind-the-scenes look at our African black-footed penguin colony! The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with Zoo admission.

Looking forward to Halloween? We have an admission special that will make you jump — with joy! Enjoy one free youth admission with one paid adult admission all day on Thursday, October 31st.

Don’t miss a beautiful October at your Zoo – The Natural Place for Families this autumn.

– Michele Schepisi-Ritchie, Office Assistant